Many people do not know this but it is a crime to feed black bears. An 81 year old woman is being held in jail without bail until March for allegedly feeding dog food to wild black bears. Mary Mussleman, a retried middle school teacher was arrested on Wednesday in Sebring, Florida.
When police arrived they found food that was left out for wild animals. Ms. Mussleman was warned by police several times throughout the months of November and December to stop feeding the wild bears. The police even showed her educational videos of why feeding wild bears is a dangerous thing to do. A spokesman from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission stated that she would leave 17 or 18 bowls of dog food out at a time.
It was reported that one of the bears has lost the fear of humans and was seen coming right at people. The bear had to be euthanized because officials see this type of behavior as a threat to public safety. Mussleman stated that she fed the bears because she was afraid that they would starve. She was already charged with two misdemeanors in December. She failed to obey these warnings and was arrested again. On January 24 police told her if she continued to feed wild bears she would be arrested and jailed. On January 29th the police came back to her home and arrested her.
Musslemwen then threatened police. She allegedly threatened to shoot and kill the arresting officers. She is also accused of kicking officers and trying to attack them. She is being held without bail until her court date in March. A former student stated that she feels these charges are outrageous. Other students feel that she is a sweet, harmless, animal lover. Many feel she should be released from jail to take care of her husband who is suffering from cancer.
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